In the 2008 election, when health care reform was one of the main issues debated, Barack Obama won the presidency with a Democratic House and a filibuster-proof Democratic Senate.
Did the same people who now say that Donald Trump has a mandate to repeal the Affordable Care Act go along with the mandate that Obama was given? Hardly. Republicans opposed his every move, and in the end not one Republican supported the ACA, the structure of which — subsidizing private insurers — was originally a Republican idea in opposition to a single-payer system.
Republicans did not respect the desire of voters to expand health care coverage to more people and remove the threat of financial ruin in the event of a major illness.
Destroying health care assistance hurts the working-class voters who elected Trump. Let’s keep and improve Obamacare — or just change the name to TrumpCare.
STEVE GERSON, AUSTIN
As a Democrat living in Texas, my vote didn’t count in the presidential election. I live in Lubbock, a very red city in a very red state. Hillary Clinton lost Texas by 9 percent, which won’t be reflected in the Electoral College. Twice in 16 years, the candidate who won the popular vote lost the election — Clinton in 2016 and Al Gore in 2000. Because of this, the Electoral College should be modified to reflect the proportionate vote of each state.
Modifying the Electoral College could easily be accomplished by requiring each state to split its votes proportionately. This is not a radical suggestion; Maine and Nebraska already split their votes by congressional districts. In Texas, Donald Trump would have won 20 electoral votes, while Clinton would have won 18, and it would have made my vote count. One day, in Texas, I want to say that my vote counts. I can’t do that today.
JASON CRITES, LUBBOCK
Re: Nov. 30 letter to the editor, “Time to eliminate Electoral College.”
Regarding the letter to the editor bemoaning what the author described as smaller states dominating the larger (more populous) states: What you really are bemoaning is that those smaller states — in population, and don’t forget electoral votes — were actually able to have a say in the electoral process, as our founders meant, and in contrast to the total domination by the larger states (in population) in the Northeast and Western states would enjoy if we just elected based on a popular vote. And you say that this is a bad thing? Remember that we are a representative republic and not simply a Democracy.
EVERETT LUNDAY, GEORGETOWN
In the brief time since the election of Donald Trump, there has been a cacophony of Democrat pundits telling us how bad and ill-conceived his policies will be for our nation. In order for them to be accurate today, it requires that they be able to see into the future. If their crystal balls are so prescient, why did they not foresee Trump’s election? If Trump is failing, there will be midterm elections in two years, and Republicans who embraced his policies will pay the price. In the meantime, why don’t we all chill out — and to paraphrase a John Lennon song, “All I am saying, is give Trump a chance!”
P. ROWLAND GREENWADE, AUSTIN
I’m hearing an off-repeated phrase from the recent presidential campaign that fans of our president-elect are encouraging like-minded individuals to boycott businesses and internet services that have been critical of the president-elect. The rapidly expanding list of companies to be avoided includes Apple, Pepsi, Starbucks and Facebook, to name a few. Actually the list has grown to include nearly every commodity and service used in everyday modern life. Self-imposed sanctions — you gotta love it.
DAVID FREEMAN, AUSTIN